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Wenlan Chia

Wenlan Chia(賈雯蘭), is a Taipei-born, American fashion designer and creator of the line, Twinkle by Wenlan, which she launched in 2000. Twinkle made its Fashion Week debut in 2003. The collection is known for its whimsical take on feminine dressing with a dash of the exotic, dose of pop culture and sense of humor. In addition to women's ready-to-wear, her line includes home decor and accessories, called Twinkle Living,, which launched in 2006; costume and fine jewelry (Twinkle Accessories); knitting yarns; and leather accessories (Twinkle Handknit Yarns).

Chia has also authored three books: "Twinkle's Big City Knits", "Twinkle's Weekend Knits" and "Twinkle's Town and Country Knits". Twinkle knit designs are characterized by the use of traditional knitting patterns knit on oversized needles and using large gauge yarns. Chia's knitwear designs are sometimes featured in Interweave Knits magazine, and a line of her Twinkle yarns is being produced by Classic Elite. To complement her books, Chia began to offer knitting lessons in Rockefeller Center's Anthropologie store.

Wenlan Chia's awards and nominations include Onward Kashiyama New Design Prize in Tokyo, the Competition of Young Fashion Designers in Paris, and a nomination for the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. In 2005, she was selected as one of "Spring’s Leading Ladies" by Vogue magazine.

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